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What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine.

Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn’t nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences - and that’s just from an apple.

Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional gold standard of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or prepackaged dinners that is "good" for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.

In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.

©2013 T. Colin Campbell (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Whole makes a convincing case that modern nutrition’s focus on single nutrients has led to mass confusion with tragic health consequences. Dr. Campbell’s new paradigm will change the way we think about food and, in doing so, could improve the lives of millions of people and save billions of dollars in health care costs." (Brian Wendel, creator and executive producer of Forks over Knives)
"There are very few material game-changers in life, but this book is truly one of them. The information herein - backed up by extraordinary peer-reviewed science - has the power to halt and reverse disease, give you energy you’ve never known, and put you on a path of transformation in just about every positive way. Read it and get ready to soar." (Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author of The Lean)
"In this provocative book, T. Colin Campbell, based on his long career in experimental research and health-policy making, uncovers how and why there is so much confusion about food and health and what can be done about it. The China Study revealed what we should eat; Whole answers why. Read and enjoy; there’s something here to inspire and offend just about everyone." (Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Sausalito)

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The "WHOLE" Truth

This is essential reading for anyone who eats!
T. Colin Campbell explains why the Healthcare System in America is really a Sickness Industry. He pulls no punches in explaining why Americans spend more money on Healthcare, yet have one of the poorest records in health among the nations of the world. Dr. Campbell is uniquely qualified to demonstrate the ties between big Pharma, the medical community, and the big Food Industries of beef, pork, poultry and dairy.
A nutritional whirlwind of awareness has been spinning around the work of Dr. Campbell ever since his first book, The China Study. He has changed many lives for the better and if we could get everyone to read his work, then we could more rapidly improve our village called Earth.
I highly recommend and enthusiastically encourage you to read the "WHOLE" thing.

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Honest and to the point!

Information for humanity to thrive and live a healthy life.
in deep and profoundly need to spread.

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The reader whistles his S's!!!

l TRIED listening to this book because it does have interesting information but just could NOT get past the fairly frequent high pitched whistling S's that l heard from the reader. lf you are not sound sensitive, this is probably a good book!!!

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A Must Read

This book is a must read for anyone looking for intelligent, informed, no-nonsense, and even light-hearted information on what health and good nutrition really look like. Dr Campbell is one of those rare, balanced writers who can deliver his message without drama, anger, or histrionics because he deeply knows of what he writes and has the skill and ability as a writer to communicate effectively. This book changed my life and has helped reinforce in me some fundamentally sound ideas about nutrition - and life - that I plan to develop and deepen in the years ahead. A truly remarkable book!

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Good advice. Hard to follow.

After reading this book, I tried a plant-based diet for six months. It was very difficult for me. I actually gained weight due to the foods I used to substitute for meat (Rice, beans, processed meat substitutes). So now I'm back on an omnivore's diet and feeling better (and 40 pounds lighter). I have, as a result of reading this and other books, cut dairy almost completely out of my diet. Meat is still an important source of nutrition for me, however.

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Very Important Book on Health

I feel everyone who has an interest in health should read this book. His ideas make sense and what you are betting on is your health. I have been on a plant based diet for sometimes and found that I have had no flare ups of my Rheumatoid Arthritis since I began the diet. Also, I have discontinued all the poisons that they call medication. Wow, read the side effects of some RA medications that are advertised on TV. So I am sold on his ideas and if I am wrong then the worst I have done is saved some cows.

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Everyone should read this

This book was excellent. Since I began reading it I started to change to the RWFPB diet. I feel very different...not sure what my health results will be in the future, but I feel very motivated to pursue this course.

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excellent

This was an excellent book and very eye opening to the medical and food industries. eat plants!

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More technical than The China Study

First, read The China Study. Then you will understand this book as it explains, in more technical detail, the complexity behind The China Study. Much is repeated from the previous book but this one gives deeper understanding to the frustrations of academia, big business, and our government's interference to muffling nutritional research by scientists like T. Colin Campbell.

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Awesome book to understand good nutrition

This book gave an awesome research-based overview of what comprises good nutrition, and historical context for understanding misguided U.S. health policy.